"When you catch yourself slipping into a pool
notice how it derives from nothing other
than resistance to the current situation." ― Donna Quesada, Buddha in the Classroom:
Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers "There's a limit to my patience with
anything that smacks of metaphysics.
I squirm at the mention of "mind expansion"
or "warm healing energy." I don't like drum
circles, public nudity or strangers touching my feet." ― Koren Zailckas, Fury: A Memoir "A positive attitude is most easily arrived at
through a deliberate and rational
analysis of what's required to manifest unwavering positive
First, reflect on the actual, present condition
of your mind. In other words, is the mind positive or not?
We've all met individuals who perceive
themselves as positive people but don't appear as such.
Since the mind is both invisible and intangible,
it's therefore easier to see the accurate
characteristics of the mind through a person's words, deeds, and posture. For example, if we say, "It's absolutely
freezing today! I'll probably catch a cold before the
end of the day!" then our words expose a negative attitude.
But if we say, "The temperature is very cold"
(a simple statement of fact), then our expressions,
and therefore attitude, are not negative.
Sustaining an alert state in which
possible gives us a chance to
discover the origins
of negativity. In doing so, we also
have an opportunity
to arrive at a state of positiveness,
so that our words
and deeds are also positive, making others feel
comfortable, cheerful, and inspired." ― H.E. Davey "Corpse Pose sounds like no big deal, right?
Then what's so difficult about this
Forget about getting your feet behind
Just try lying still for ten minutes.
With nothing left to do, you're finally
forced to come face to face with yourself." ― Edward Vilga, Downward Dog "The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable,
and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of
selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false
friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be
forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. The biggest men and women with the biggest
ideas can be shot down by the smallest
men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway. What you spend years building may
be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you
if you do help them. Help people anyway. Give the world the best you have and
you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway." ― Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution:
Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council